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Genentech Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
792 Reviews

3.9
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 42 reviews)

  • Employees get great benefits, though Roche prefers to save money by hiring contractors (in 71 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 43 reviews)

  • After the merger with Roche there have been many changes that are taking some time to get used to (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Still have work to do to be "great" place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company truly does stick to values in terms of following science and doing what is right for the patient. Great benefits and stable organization (excellent pipeline). Work with great people. Great resources to get the job done.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get promoted from within. Can get exceeds expectations multiple years in a row, but still not be perfect enough. There is quite a bit of politics at play in deciding on promotions. If you are not in with the right leaders, criteria changes and you don't get promoted. Easier for people to come in at those higher levels externally. They also come in with higher compensation. People who have been with company for many years tend to fall behind in salaries. Becoming overwhelmed with process. It seems every week, there is a new process or SOP to adhere to that really doesn't affect quality of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply historical promotional data in terms of quality of work when making decisions for promotions. Have your employee's back - don't let one person 3 levels up make the decision for your employee. The loyal employees and strong performers will be recruited away if their compensation isn't at market rate. Rate all processes put in place from 1 - 10, and eliminate anything below 6. Is it critical to the success of the job?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are well educated, well rounded, friendly and upfront and honest. There's no hidden agendas, you know where you stand.

    The location is beautiful, there's hiking trails, the shuttles are convenient and on time.

    Cons

    Inequalities between regular employees and contractors. The differences in treatment is obvious.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Just started

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Well structured, a lot of commuting options if live far, good perks

    Cons

    campus is big, a little bit confusing to get around

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at Genentech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    High growth, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Soft skills are very important here. Not being well-versed in soft skills can get you into trouble with politics. A lot of managers aren't very well-qualified as people managers. Business processes can be lacking or incomplete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job in hiring qualified people managers. Hold managers more accountable for their employee's performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QC Associate I
    Current Employee - QC Associate I

    Pros

    This company values your work and it rewards you with a higher pay rate than competitors.

    Cons

    Like in any job there can be people who are challenging to work with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place but exhausting environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A great environment to learn

    Cons

    work/life balance is always a challenge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome, but stay focused!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial Finance  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Commercial Finance in South San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    GREAT experience, lot's of fun and challenging. People stay extremely spportive and really want you to do your best.
    People around you are all very smart.

    Cons

    People expect a lot from you and you really need to be focused the entire time, despite goodies and distractions. They are generally passive aggressive, so you should be aware that if you haven't met expectations, management be very unhappy with you, even if they won't say it explicitly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Job, means "Good Job", not see you later!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Training Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Mostly good people and good perks, particularly in SF. Now that Genentech is part of the Roche group, there is more opportunities worldwide which is a good thing.

    Cons

    Not necessarily good at getting rid of poor performers. They somehow seem to linger on despite inadequate performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities to move into leadership based on performance record, not who you know.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall good working experience at Genentech

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Global Company that allows for growth and different opportunities. Benefits are pretty good compared to other companies.

    Cons

    The original culture is often lost in middle management where their primary concerns is cost.

  11.  

    postdoc fellow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    a lot of opportunities to know about biopharmaceutical industry

    Cons

    no protocol or grants writing training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more training opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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